TODAY IN HISTORY
May 17, 1968
Nine men and women, including brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland, seized several hundred draft files and burned them outside to protest the Vietnam War before being arrested.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn invalid after she failed to produce a male heir.
The New York Stock Exchange had its beginnings as a group of brokers met under a tree onWall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis.
The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision which held that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.
Women were included in the White House honor guard for the first time as President Jimmy Carter welcomed Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.
Rioting that claimed 18lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.
Massachusetts became the first state to allow samesex marriages.